Worth a Thousand Words: The Best Team Photos of 2017, So Far

Watson Adventures Best Team Photos 2017With eight and a half months of scavenger hunts in the rear-view mirror, 2017 is racing by. But boy, has it been a fun ride already!

Not that you need proof, but here’s some anyway: an album of our favorite photo challenges from teams all around the country. Whether on corporate team building scavenger hunts or public scavenger hunts at the museum or in your favorite neighborhood, you’re often tasked with completing fun photo challenges. You might have to take a team photo jumping in the air, or acting scared of a live animal. As you’ll see, there’s no limit to the fun—and creativity—that comes with rising to the challenge.

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7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Statue of Liberty

Watson Adventures 7 Things You Didn't Know About the Statue of LibertyWhen someone mentions notable works of art, the mind often turns to famous paintings and sculptures in a museum. Van Goghs and Rodins. It’s less common to leap to thoughts of 150-feet women.

But that’s just what the Statue of Liberty is: one of the most famous, most fantastic works of art in the modern world. Everyone knows she’s a beacon of inclusiveness and came from the French, but hers is a long and winding story. Here are seven things you probably didn’t know about the jolly green giantess.

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Art Emojis: 9 Famous Paintings That Would Make Excellent Emojis

Watson Adventures Art EmojisFor everyone burnt out on poop and clapping hands, new emojis are headed to smartphones everywhere in the near future. (There’s also a movie out, but the less said about that the better.)

Because we heart emojis and we heart art, we have a few ideas for what to use for emojis next time around. Here, in no particular order, are nine famous paintings that would make amazing emojis.

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Slang and the City: 5 Phrases Born in Gangster New York

Watson Adventures Gangster Slang NYCIn days gone by, the rough-and-rowdy residents of New York City’s Chinatown and Little Italy practically invented their own wild and colorful language—usually to describe illegal activities. You can learn about those escapades on our Gangsters’ New York Scavenger Hunt, which delves into the infamous gangs of the Five Points and beyond.

For a taste of the fun, here are some 19th-century slang terms that would’ve been used in the area and the stories behind them.

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KidTripster Names Watson Adventures #1 Tour for Teens in New York City

In the feature “10 Terrific Tours to Take,” the website’s expert on travel for kids raves: “For budding detectives out there, Watson Adventures offers a completely different way to tour some select sights around New York City via a scavenger hunt!

“It’s seriously fun and surprisingly tricky.  So bring your razor-sharp intellect and your sneakers for some sleuthing!” 

New Orleans Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Power Pass

Watson Adventures New Orleans Power PassWith so much to see and do in New Orleans, you might not know where to start. If you want to get the biggest bang for your bucks while visiting the Big Easy—and of course you do—get the New Orleans Power Pass. Like tourist passes in other cities, the Power Pass grants access to tons of popular attractions for one fee.

New Orleans aficionado and Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunt Host extraordinaire Sharlette Williams recommends the three-day version. It’ll run you $170 per adult and $130 per child (not counting frequent online discounts). That means for less than $60 a day, you can bounce from museum to tour to cooking school and get more than your money’s worth.  Here are Sharlette’s top picks for making the most of your New Orleans Power Pass. Read More

Eat, Play, Love: The Latest (& Greatest) Team Building Trends

Once considered a bit of a boondoggle or an “extra,” team building outings and activities are now widely recognized as essential to the health and growth of any business. But it’s no longer enough to take your crew out for a round of golf or a rousing evening of karaoke (though if you’re going, count us in). The perfect team building activity should reflect not only the specific needs and challenges of your organization, but also the mood of the moment.

Want to stay ahead of the curve? Tap into these team building trends.

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The Secret History of the Fourth of July

Watson Adventures Secret History of the Fourth of JulyHappy birthday, America! The Fourth of July is our annual red-white-and-blue barbecue-and-fireworks bonanza celebrating freedom and apple pie and all that jazz. 

Obviously you knew that. But do you know where the holiday and its trappings came from? Where’d we get fireworks, and hot dogs, and even the holiday itself? Because we love uncovering historical mysteries for our scavenger hunts, we decided to illuminate a bit of the often overlooked, sometimes secret history of the Fourth of July. Read More

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Team Names: Harry Potter Edition

Watson Adventure Wizard School Team NamesTwenty years ago, the Boy Who Lived left his cupboard under the stairs and entered a magical world of witches and wizards, of friendship and adventure. And our world has never been the same.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Wizarding World it has spawned since its release in 1997, has inspired countless tributes—including our own Wizard School scavenger hunts. They challenge hunters to answer fun, tricky questions about works of art with characters, creatures, or themes reminiscent of those in the Harry Potter books and films. They also challenge hunters to come up with the wittiest, weirdest team names they possibly can. Here are some of our favorites.

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11 Classic Paintings Tell the Story of Your Terrible Summer Vacation

Watson Adventures Bad VacationSummer vacation. Those two magical words conjure up visions of white-sand beaches, of sun-kissed ocean spray, of cookouts and good friends and freedom from the cares of the day.

Except when everything goes wrong. Every once in a while, that vacation you dreamed about for months turns into an epic fiasco. And as much as you’d like to forget it, a bunch of famous painters have memorialized the pains of your failed vacation.

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